You know Christmas is coming when a Candace Cameron Bure movie is on TV. Her heartwarming, family-friendly films are quintessential holiday viewing. This year, fans can enjoy her first movie for the Great American Family network, A Christmas … Present, in which she stars and executive produces. It’s set to air in November.
Though Bure has a lengthy acting resume, she is perhaps best-known as Hallmark’s Queen of Christmas. She’s starred in 29 of the network’s movies over the last 14 years. Recently, however, she decided to move to a different network. In April, she will become Queen of GAC (Great American Channels) Media.
“I’m very excited to develop heartwarming family and faith-filled programming and make the kind of stories my family and I like to watch … GAC fits my brand perfectly,” Bure said in a statement. “We share a vision of creating compelling and wholesome content for an audience who wants to watch programming for and with the whole family.”
Bure’s move away from Hallmark shouldn’t come as a surprise. In November 2021, while still working under the Hallmark umbrella, Bure spoke to E! about the challenges of developing new films with the same material: “There’s always pressure to not have a repeat story; the repeat beats, the same tropes that you can fall into with a Hallmark film. There’s pressure, but I’m very aware of what those elements are and try my best to make it fresh and new every year.”
At GAC, Bure gets a fresh start and more creative control. According to Variety, “Bure will take on a prominent executive role at the company and help to curate programming for the networks,” and she will “develop and produce original content through her Candy Rock Entertainment company” as well as have “a large part in the company’s annual Great American Christmas.”
Bure’s first film with GAC is A Christmas … Present. In it, Bure plays Maggie Larson, a woman the actress describes as “an overly-scheduled real estate agent and Type-A mom who takes her family to spend Christmas with her widowed brother and his daughter.” Though Maggie and her brother celebrate the season differently, events transpire that help her “embrace the reason for the season.”
“A Christmas … Present is about slowing down enough to recognize what’s right in front of our eyes,” says Bure, adding that though Christmas is full of hustle and bustle, “it’s through the quiet moments that we hear God speak to us, directing our path to what’s most important.”
While the exact date of the film’s release has not yet been announced, it’s set to air in November as a part of GAC’s Great American Christmas, during which the network shows its original Christmas movies. The viewings start Saturday, October 29.